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In other government ICT news this week, 20 January 2014

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Glenn Walker, the Executive Director of ICT renewal and Strategic Sourcing at the Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation & the Arts (DSITIA) has resigned, reports IT News. Walker took on the position in May 2013 after a stint as Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department of Community Safety. Walker was in charge of implementing the State’s ICT Action Plan which followed an Audit report in June 2013 that found that 90 per cent of Queensland’s Government IT systems were out of date and would need replacing over the next five years at a cost of $788 million. He will leave DSITIA on 14 February 2014.

NSW eHealth is looking for a Chief Executive/Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO). The new eHealth body was announced in NSW Health’s five year road map launched by health minister Jillian Skinner in December 2013 and will oversee the strategic direction of eHealth across the State. In September 2013, Health CIO, Greg Wells and Healthshare chief executive, Mike Rillstone resigned to from their own consultancy business, RillstoneWells. The pair are currently providing strategic support to the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) which is in the process of implementing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has transitioned to the Victorian Government Purchasing Board’s (VGPB) new supply policy framework. A core component of the new framework is the publication of a procurement activity plan that outlines the Department’s anticipated procurement activity over a 12 to 24 month period. In accordance with the framework, DPC has published its plan which includes a forthcoming approach to market for a Collection Management System in Q4 of 2013-14. DPC is the third Department to successfully transition, following the Department of Treasury and Finance and Victoria Police. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is planning to implement an Enterprise Mobility Management Solution. The ABS has issued a Request for Tender (RFT), seeking suppliers to provide a solution that will allow secure access to ABS IT systems via mobile. According to tender documents, “The purpose of this RFT is to implement an EMM solution that will allow the ABS to move away from managing the device and towards managing ABS applications and information.” The ABS will consider a cloud based solution, however, all processing and storage must be based in Australia. Applications close 10 February 2014.

The Department of Human Services has issued pre-release notice for a Request for Tender (RFT) to refresh its panel of print management providers. The panel, which has been in operation since 2009 is due to expire in October 2014. While tender documents indicate that this is not a whole-of-Government arrangement, agencies (including State and Territory) will be able to opt in on a voluntary basis. In September 2011, Fuji Xerox signed a $27.5 million contract with DHS for the provision of printer, photocopier and facsimile supplies which is due to expire in June 2014.  The panel refresh RFT is expected to be released by 24 February 2014.

WA Health has replaced its temporary CIO with another acting CIO, reports IT News. Bill Leonard will replace Dr Andy Robertson who is returning to his role as deputy chief health officer and director of disaster management. The last permanent CIO at the department was Alan Piper who left in 2012 to work as a private consultant. WA Health is yet to comment on why it has not found a permanent replacement.

The New Zealand Government is planning to roll-out cloud based Office Productivity as a Service (OPaaS) throughout its Federal agencies. The Government is currently in final negotiations with suppliers and aims to deliver the first phase by early 2014. The first phase includes email and calendar while the second phase will deliver instant messaging, enterprise social networking and file sharing. The second phase is expected to be rolled-out shortly after the first.

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